The Future of the Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse
Project Will Create State of the Art Recreation and Event Center While Preserving Historic Building
Located on East Beach, the Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse was constructed in 1926 and gifted to the City in 1927 by David Gray with the stipulation that it be dedicated for park purposes and public recreation.
Since that time, the building has served as a key coastal recreation facility in Santa Barbara for 90 years. Although today it is the hub of City summer recreation programs such as Junior Lifeguards, and a popular social event center, the building’s outdated interiors, structural deficiencies, failing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as poor site accessibility, significantly limit its potential to serve Santa Barbara residents and visitors well into the future.
As a result, with City Council support and funding of $9.1 million in former Redevelopment Agency (RDA) bond funds, the Parks and Recreation Department embarked on a complete building renovation plan in early 2014.
The renovation will celebrate the building’s history and architecture while achieving necessary building system and structural upgrades, enhancing access, expanding community recreation, and providing a premier public special event facility.
Now that project design is nearing completion, the PARC Foundation has pledged its support for raising funds to support project construction. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $14 million. In addition to the $9.1 million of RDA funds, the City Council has set aside $1 million from the General Fund. With the capital campaign kicking-off in early 2017, the PARC Foundation will be hosting events and seeking opportunities for both grants and community gifts.
“This project is really the Department’s most ambitious endeavor in decades,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jill E. Zachary. “It’s exciting to be embarking upon something that may prove to be our greatest legacy to future generations of Santa Barbarans.”
We invite you to become involved and support investment in Santa Barbara’s most loved beachfront recreational facility. Your support will make a real difference to this historic project.
To learn more about donating to the Cabrillo Pavilion and Bathhouse Renovation Project, visit our donation page.